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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Medill looking for in applicants for the specialization?

Are you obsessed with the stock market? Do you appreciate how numbers can depict trends and tell a story? Do you turn first to finance- and business-focused media outlets when news breaks? If so, you’re the perfect candidate for the Business, Money and Markets specialization.

What if I have no background in business?

You don’t need to be a finance whiz or spreadsheet expert to succeed in Business, Money and Markets. Medill’s seasoned journalism faculty will provide you with a solid foundation as you begin covering news through a business lens. Your knowledge will increase each quarter as you hone your journalism skills by writing about increasingly complex topics in ways that are easy for your readers to understand. At Medill, you’ll be immersed in the world of business, money and markets, so even if your undergraduate degree is in a non-business discipline, you’ll succeed if you have a passion for this topic and the ambition to learn and grow.

What career opportunities will be available when I graduate?

When your work is published by Medill News Service’s clients, you'll earn bylines for your professional portfolio. You’ll find that business and financial journalists are in demand in top-tier newsrooms and digital-native sites. Business writing is intertwined with many other disciplines, including politics and economics, which means your experience and degree will open career paths outside traditional journalism as well, such as in government, business and other industries. You will be able to take advantage of the strong, supportive Medill network during your job search. We have a long history of placing alumni in business and financial journalism jobs and other careers.